Foods for 8 months old baby indian


By 8 months, most of the babies may be crawling and would also be pushing hard to stand up. Also probably beginning to master the pincer grasp picking up small food pieces or objects and feeding themselves. Please find this 8 MONTHS INDIAN BABY FOOD CHART with Recipe Videos.

You can now introduce finger foods to encourage self-feeding to your baby’s diet. You may also introduce some aromatic & a small number of hot spices to develop the taste buds of the little tongue.

Do not force the baby and let him/her develop eating habits at their own pace. Just encourage them by introducing different foods.

What is Finger Food?

Finger foods are foods that can be eaten by using fingers instead of spoons, forks, knives, etc. It is very important to introduce finger foods by 8 months, as most babies develop their motor skills by then.

Quantity of Food to be given to 8 months old

The quantity depends on the liking and the baby’s hunger of the baby. The approximate amount is 1/2 cup. Do not force-feed the baby. You can offer 2 meals & a snack for 8 months baby, along with breastfeeding and/or formula milk. You may decide the timings for meal & snack as per your convenience.

Things you should keep in mind

• Thick consistency food

• Introduce different taste, flavor & texture food

• Always given freshly prepared food

• Do not forcefully feed your child

• Gradually increase the portion

• Always feed the baby when he/she is sitting. Do not feed when the baby is lying on back

• Sterilize the bowls, spoons, vessels used to feed the baby in hot water

• No salt, sugar, or honey for the baby until 1 year

• Always feed breast milk/formula milk on demand of the baby

• Steaming is healthier than pressure cooking.

What foods can be given to 8 months old?

• Breast Milk – Continue breast milk or formula milk

• Fruits – Apple, Banana, Mango, Sapota / Chiku, Pears, Plums, Pumpkin, dates, figs, grapes

• Vegetables – Boiled & mashed vegetables like potato, carrots, sweet potato, green peas, cauliflower, beans, leafy vegetable

• Cereals & Pulses – Cereals and pulses such as rice, barley, ragi, sooji/semolina, broken wheat/ daliya, chickpeas, green gram/ moong, urad dal, and oats

• Combinations – Experiment with different combinations or mixtures of food. Like fruit & cereal, Vegetables & pulses or lentils, etc

• Dairy – Curd/yogurt, paneer/ cottage cheese, tofu

• Spices: Turmeric, garlic, ginger, asafoetida, cumin seeds, pepper, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, caroms, fenugreek, mustard seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom  (all can be added in little amount say a pinch)

Video: 8 MONTHS INDIAN BABY FOOD CHART with Recipe Videos

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Below is the sample Weekly Baby Food Chart With recipes (please refer to hyperlinks to get the recipes) for 8 Months you can refer.


MondayOats PorridgeFoxtail Millet Veg Fried RicePumpkin Puree
TuesdayInstant Moong Rice KhichdiOats Pancake SpicyVegetable Dal Soup
WednesdaySathu Mavu Aloo CutletsDates & Raisins Poha KheerCarrot Coins Finger Foods
ThursdayKerala Banana Powder PorridgeSpinach Oats Dosa & PancakeInstant Poha Fruit Porridge
FridayStewed AppleDaliya Khichdi With MoongdalPotato Soup
SaturdaySprouted Health Mix - Sathu MavuRagi RottiCarrot Tomato Soup
SundaySweet Potato PureeInstant Makhana PorridgeVegetable Dal Soup


MondayWheat DaliyaSugarless Sabudana KheerSpinach Soup
TuesdaySprouted Ragi MilkOats Mooli ParathaApple Rice Baby Food
WednesdayBajra Rice KhichadiInstant Ragi Dosa - SweetPumpkin Soup
ThursdayOats PorridgeLittle Millet Seviya UpmaVegetable Mash
FridaySathu Mavu - Multigrain PorridgeMakhana Sooji KheerRice & Dal Kanji
SaturdayRagi Oatmeal PorridgeFoxtail Millet DosaCarrot & Dal Mash
SundayPumpkin Kheer
Barley Moong KhichdiCauliflower & Corn Thin Soup



MondayBarley Apple PorridgeSpinach Paneer RicePumpkin Puree
TuesdayRagi Kheer / Halwa
Rice CerealSpinach Puree / Soup
WednesdayKerala Banana Powder PorridgeApple & Little Millet Rice / Kheer Baked Veggies
ThursdaySooji Halwa/ KheerEgg Recipes For BabiesPapaya Puree
FridaySprouted Health Mix - Sathu MavuRagi Apple PancakeBeetroot Puree / Soup
SaturdayInstant Poha Fruit PorridgeAloo Paratha
Kerala Banana Halwa
SundayBarley PorridgeSabudana Veg KhichdiVegetable Soup

Note :

• These are ideas of Foods which can be given to 8 months baby.

• We have kept their nutrients requirements per day in mind while designing the Food Chart.

• You may include 6 Months Baby Food Chart & 7 Months Baby Food Chart recipes also.

• You can introduce or repeat any food as per your choice and baby’s liking.

• 3 days rule doesn’t hold good anymore and hence new food every day is followed in the meal plan for 6 months baby as well.

• It’s good to introduce varieties of Flavors and Foods to baby before a year to avoid any allergic issues in the future.

• Most importantly babies need different tastes and textures daily, just like we so do not bore them with repetitions and make them hate food.

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Baby food chart with recipes for 7 months to 1 year Indian baby & toddlers

By Swasthi on August 6, 2022, Comments,

Indian baby food chart along with a list of tried & tested 60 Indian baby food recipes. Thanks to the readers who led me to this post on Indian baby food chart. Before I take you to the details of the food chart and the food recipes, please be informed that this post is based on my experience. I have honestly expressed my views and opinions on easy baby weaning so that it could be helpful to new mothers.

Please read the comments below before posting your queries since similar queries may have been answered.

Well, some of my tips might look like old wives tales since they are based on Ayurveda, but I do trust them in growing healthy and happy babies. However I suggest consulting your elders or pediatrician before you follow any new foods or tip that have been mentioned here.

For the past several years, I have been consistently sharing & updating baby recipes especially for a good weight gain. You can find all the latest recipes or ideas on the baby toddler recipes section.

Readers who have been asking for suggestions on foods to gain weight, please check this detailed post on best foods for weight gain in babies & toddlers.

Is this baby food chart suitable to my Baby?

This Indian baby food chart is a generalized one suitable for most babies. However i suggest you to use your judgement whether to include or not, certain ingredients in your babies diet based on your babies allergies, intolerance, appetite, likes and dislikes.

I have tried to link most Indian baby food recipes that I have posted earlier on this blog. Many were written almost 5 years ago and are updated regularly with new tips based on the readers reviews.

This Indian baby food chart was developed by me based on what i fed my 2 kids, whose birth weight was 3.3 kgs and 3.4 kgs. The ideas were basically drawn from the health and baby weaning booklets that were given to us during our visits to the singapore clinics, hospitals and few from clinics in Bangalore.

This chart is also suitable to babies who were preterm born or were underweight. However I suggest mums with such babies to consult a pediatrician if you are skeptical about these foods.

This post will be updated, to include tips and other information. You can leave a comment here if you want to know anything specific which will be answered. Please feel free to share or discuss your experiences, views, problems that you encounter while weaning your babies in the comment section. It could be helpful to other readers, it’s through sharing we can learn.

When to introduce food to baby – 6 months to 1 year

Here is a brief guide on the right time to introduce foods. But how to introduce them can be found in the recipe posts. Example: Oats or oatmeal – I have mentioned clearly how to choose them and the kind you can use and how to prepare it for a baby.

You can find a a detailed baby food chart for 6 months old baby here along with recipes.

This Indian baby food chart and the baby food recipes have been developed for a good weight gain in babies.

Indian baby food chart for babies above 7 months or from 8 months

Wake up – 6 am
Milk – (skip milk if baby wakes up after 8 am, make a milk based breakfast from breakfast section)
Breakfast – 7.30 to 8 am
One of the following:

 Egg, (Fully boiled or scrambled in very few drops of oil)(babies above one year)
 IDLI with rasam or sambar (sambar for babies older than 12 months)
 VEGETABLE OATS PORRIDGE(blend it in a blender till smooth)
 RAGI MALT with badam powder
 CHICKPEAS SOUP (babies older than 15 months)
 BARLEY VEGETABLE SOUP (blend till smooth)
 SWEET CORN VEGETABLE SOUP(blend till smooth)

Quick fix breakfast (for 8 to 18 months):

 Nestum rice (stage 1) with ALMOND MILK
 Nestum rice with homemade curd (plain yogurt), add water as needed while mixing

Mid-morning – 10 to 10. 15 am
One of the following:

 Steamed apple (raw apple for babies older than 12 months)
 Banana or steamed kerala banana (if baby has cold)
 Chikoo (sapota)
 Other fruits like watermelon, pears, oranges
or 2 tbsp of fresh HOMEMADE PLAIN CURD / YOGURT (3 times a week, avoid when the baby has cold & phlegm, prefer room temperature. As the baby grows you can increase the quantity)

Lunch for baby – 11.30 to 12.30 pm
Try using whole grains like

 Broken wheat (daliya).
 Half basmati brown rice with half white rice.
 Soak them for about 2 to 4 hours in warm water before cooking. Discard the water.

Try one of the following

 DALIA KHICHDI (vegetable broken wheat food)
 VENN PONGAL(skip pepper, hing)
 DAL KHICHDI with one of the vegetables: spinach, methi, pumpkin, carrot, ridge gourd, bottle gourd, tomato
 TOMATO DAL KHICHDI (no veggies)
 SWEET POTATO RICE (make the same way as potato rice, you can add a bit of jaggery instead of salt)
 PLANTAIN RICE RECIPE (raw cooking banana with rice)
 CHICKPEA TODDLER MEAL for toddlers not for babies
 INDIAN BABY FOOD with chickpeas and methi leaves (11 months, only for babies not having colic)
 Dal & mashed rice with TOMATO RASAM, RASAM made with RASAM POWDER
 mashed rice with MOONG DAL RASAM or dal ka paani (bassaru)
 Soft mashed rice withDRUMSTICK SAMBAR or SAMBAR (15 months and above,mash up the veggies along with the rice, try using homemade sambar powder)

For a lighter meal, if the baby has colic

 mashed rice with dal ka paani with a pinch of ajwain(strained dal soup)
 Soft Mashed rice with milk
 Mashed rice with yogurt (avoid this frequently)
 Soft Mashed rice & banana (if needed puree)
 Mashed rice with TAMARIND / DANIYA RASAM
 Soft cooked carrot, mashed rice with daniya rasam
 sabudana porridge with salt and ajwain (vaamu / carom seeds) powder
 rice porridge with salt and ajwain powder

Mid noon – 2. 30 to 3 pm
Fruits or steam cooked mashed veggies
Evening snack for baby -5 to 5.30 pm
One of the following:

 Large serving of Milk
 whole grain cereal
 RAGI MALT WITH MILK (almond powder can be included)
 Millet porridge (will post the recipe shortly)
 ALMOND MILK with powdered corn flakes or nestum rice (stage 1)
 CARROT BABY FOOD (can skip almonds)

Dinner – 7 to 7.45 pm
Please Note:
Feeding late can cause indigestion and the infant may not sleep due to colic. Avoid feeding heavy foods. Dinner should always be light, nutritious, mostly vegetable based.

 For babies from 10 to 12 months prefer light foods from breakfast section. Avoid egg & nuts.

 Babies above 12 months : Any foods mentioned in the breakfast and lunch can also be served for dinner.

Other options

 mashed rice with dal ka paani (strained dal soup)
 Soft mashed rice with milk
 Mashed rice, carrot with daniya rasam
 rice porridge with veggies
 Rice with dal ka pani (bassaru) and light cooked vegetables.
 Soft Rice with tomato rasam and light steamed or cooked vegetables.

Bed time – 8.30 to 9 pm
Large serving of Milk. Make sure there is a gap of at least 1 hour 30 mins in between the completion of dinner and milk. For babies above 12 months: If the baby is still hungry after the milk, can feed some light crackers.

Related post: how to make ragi flour for babies or toddlers’ porridge

Tips to increase the appetite in babies

1. Try to serve fruits 1 ½ to 2 hours before a meal. They tend to make the infant feel hungry naturally. Do not serve fruit with a meal.

2. Do not mix fruits with dairy especially milk. It leads to indigestion.

3. Babies need exercise, let them play and crawl or run around. Don’t confine them to a small area. For toddlers / babies who can walk, a small walk in the neighborhood before a meal can make them hungry.

General Tips:

1. If you have a very fussy baby, avoid milk in the early morning and serve milk based breakfast mentioned in the table.

2. Serving bread or any other baked stuff to babies, leads to colic or bloating due to the ingredients like baking soda, powder, yeast etc.

3. Limit crackers or biscuits to only once a day, avoiding is however better.

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I’m Swasthi Shreekanth, the recipe developer, food photographer & food writer behind Swasthi’s Recipes. My aim is to help you cook great Indian food with my time-tested recipes. After 2 decades of experience in practical Indian cooking I started this blog to help people cook better & more often at home. Whether you are a novice or an experienced cook I am sure Swasthi’s Recipes will assist you to enhance your cooking skills.

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Diet for an 8-month-old baby

In the ninth month, fish can be introduced into the diet of children. Along with animal meat, fish is a source of complete protein with a well-balanced composition of amino acids, fat, vitamins B2, B12 and minerals. Compared to meat, fish contains 5 times less connective tissue, due to which it is quickly boiled soft, has a delicate texture after heat treatment and is easier to digest. Fish oil is characterized by a high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including the ω-3 class. These substances are necessary for the child to mature the brain, retina, strengthen the cardiovascular and immune systems. Sea fish contains such important trace elements for the child's body as iodine and fluorine. The child should be given 1-2 times a week instead of meat, be sure to monitor how the child tolerates fish in general and its individual varieties. Preference should be given to oceanic fish, preferably white (cod, hake, pollock), red salmon can be recommended, river pike perch, carp. nine0003

Self-cooked fish is given to a child with boiled and mashed vegetables. You can also offer your baby fish and vegetable canned food, but they contain only 10 - 20% of fish.

At this age, when all the main food groups have already been introduced, special attention should be paid to the diversity of the composition of dishes. New, possibly combined products are introduced, for example, not only purees from various fruits and berries, but also their combinations with cottage cheese, cream, cereals, etc.

From the age of 8 months, the child's diet can be expanded to include fermented milk products (baby kefir, biokefir, bifidokefir, yogurt, bioyogurt, biolact). Fermented milk products are prepared using a special starter culture that breaks down milk protein, so that the baby can get an indispensable set of amino acids in a well-available form. Fermented milk products improve the composition of the intestinal microflora of the child, are rich in B vitamins and calcium. Their regular use favorably affects the functioning of the intestines, stimulates appetite, and increases the absorption of micronutrients. Children's dairy products are introduced into the baby's diet gradually, starting with 1 tsp. and with good tolerance increase their volume to 150-200 ml per day. nine0003

Sample menu for a healthy baby 8 months

I feeding
6 hours
Breast milk or infant formula 200 ml
II feeding
10 hours
Dairy-free* or milk porridge
Boiled egg yolk
Fruit puree
Fruit juice

180 g
½ tsp
1/2 pcs.
20 g
30 ml

III feeding
14 hours
Vegetable puree
Vegetable oil
Meat puree
Fruit juice
170 g
1/2 tsp
50 g
50 ml
IV feeding
18 hours
Cottage cheese
Baby biscuits
Fruit puree
Supplementation with breast milk or baby kefir/yogurt

40 g
1 - 2 pcs.
40 g
100 ml

V feeding
22 hours
Breast milk or
infant formula
200 ml

* - diluted with breast milk, infant formula or water

Approximate daily ration for an 8 month old baby allergic to cow's milk proteins

I feeding
6 hours
Breast milk or formula for children allergic to cow's milk proteins 200 ml
II feeding
10 o'clock
Dairy-free* porridge
Vegetable oil
Fruit puree
(apple, pear)
120 g
1 tsp
80 g
III feeding
14 hours
Vegetable puree
Vegetable oil
Meat puree
170 g
1 tsp
40 g
IV feeding
18 hours
Vegetable puree or porridge
Vegetable oil
Meat puree
170 g
1 tsp
30 g
V feeding
22 hours
Breast milk or formula for children allergic to cow's milk proteins 200 ml

* - diluted with breast milk or formula for children allergic to cow's milk proteins

approximate diet for a week, menu for a day with artificial and breastfeeding for an 8 month old baby

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Pediatrician, Candidate of Medical Sciences, Allergist-Immunologist . The process of intensive growth and development continues - the baby is rapidly mastering new motor skills, improving in speech and cognitive activities. nine0003

The pace of growing up and high activity determine the clear requirements for the nutrition of the baby, which must quantitatively and qualitatively meet the needs of children at this life stage. By the 8th month of life, the child's digestive tract is already quite mature. It is able to digest and assimilate the products of the main food groups. Let's look at the basic principles of compiling a baby's diet, and also develop a menu for 8 months, indicating an approximate list of dishes and a meal plan for a week. nine0003

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  1. General principles
  2. A must in the diet
  3. Sample menu for a week for 8 months

General principles

It is fine if a mother continues to breastfeed at this age Breast milk is no longer the basis of the diet, but continues to be a source of easily digestible and beneficial nutrients, and also protects the baby from many infectious diseases. If the baby is artificially fed, use an adapted mixture in the diet that suits him well and matches his age. In addition to breastfeeding, an 8-month-old baby's eating schedule includes 4-5 meals. Of these, three are basic (breakfast, lunch and dinner), two are additional (second breakfast and afternoon tea). The baby already withstands 3.5–4 hours between meals and at least 6 hours at night. The volume of each feeding is 170–200 ml and approximately 1000 ml/g per day. nine0003

A must in the diet

Your 8-month-old baby's daily menu should include the main food groups that guarantee the supply of vital nutrients - proteins, fats and carbohydrates. What products must be included in the menu at this age? Porridge is one of the first and most important complementary foods. It is rich in all the main nutrients, provides long-lasting satiety and has a pleasant taste. By the 8th month of life, babies digest and assimilate dishes from various cereals well, therefore, multi-component cereals with natural fruit or vegetable additives, dairy-free or based on specially prepared milk can be used in nutrition. nine0003

Vegetables and fruits do not have a high nutritional value, but are a major source of fiber. Therefore, they are also required in the daily menu. Meat complementary foods are a source of protein that is complete in terms of amino acid composition, and a baby should receive 60–80 grams of meat per day. Dairy products are another source of complete protein and easily digestible fat. However, the introduction of non-adapted dairy products can cause allergies and increase the load on the baby's kidneys. In this regard, the menu should contain no more than 50 grams of cottage cheese daily. From 8 months, fermented milk drinks for baby food can be introduced into the diet of a healthy child. nine0003

In addition to animal fats, the daily diet should include vegetable oils as a source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are absolutely necessary for a growing organism.

In addition to essential nutrients, a daily intake of vitamins and minerals is just as important.

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